What is minor use?

Minor use is the permit system in Australia which allows for approved off-label use of agrichemicals for specific purposes. It is designed to assist minor crops gain greater access to agrichemicals when needed, and for approved minor use of agrichemicals on major crops.

Why is minor use important?

Minor use plays an integral role in the Australian vegetable industry as on-label options are often limited for many vegetable crops, especially in the case of emerging crops grown for niche markets.

The Minor Use Awareness Program

The Minor Use Awareness Program is managed by the AUSVEG Minor Use and Agronomy Coordinator and who engages with growers across Australia to better represent vegetable pest issues.

The aim of the Program is to ensure the minor use system adequately reflects the unique and changing crop protection needs of Australia’s vegetable growers.

The Program launched May 2015, and has been increasing engagement with growers and stakeholders since.

The Minor Use and Agronomy Coordinator

The Minor Use and Agronomy Coordinator as part of the Minor Use Awareness Program:

  • Liaises with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA) and chemical company registrants on vegetable minor use permits and permit requests.
  • Communicates new permits to growers via the AUSVEG Weekly Update.
  • Is a contact point for vegetable growers and stakeholders in the industry who want to know more regarding minor use permits in the vegetable industry.
  • Collects information from the vegetable industry to identify minor use requirements, and information from growers regarding minor use permit use and any information that the APVMA requires to keep the permits in use.
  • Works with the vegetable industry to improve access to chemicals through minor use permits.

Contact information:

You can contact the Minor Use Coordinator using the following details:
Tel: (03) 9882 0277
Fax: (03) 9882 6722
Email: minoruse@ausveg.com.au

This project is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.